Stan has confirmed four new US shows under its Showtime deal, including a true crime doco and new titles with Ethan Hawke & Bryan Cranston.
Murder in the Bayou
Five-part true crime docu-series, Murder in the Bayou, will premiere only on Stan on 14 September and is from director Matthew Galkin (Kevorkian) and author Ethan Brown – whose New York Times Best Selling book Murder In The Bayou is the inspiration for the series. The docu-series investigates the unsolved murders of eight women whose bodies were discovered between 2005 and 2009 in drainage canals and on desolate back roads in and around the town of Jennings, Louisiana in rural Jefferson Davis Parish. In examining the lives of the young female victims – and the violent sex and drug trade they were a part of – the series uncovers the secrets of this troubled town lurking just below the surface. These discoveries lead to even more shocking revelations in the “Jeff Davis 8” case, exposing corruption, bad actors and institutional injustices that have left the citizens of Jennings still searching for truth.
Premieres 14 September.
Work in Progress
The new half-hour comedy series created by Chicago improv mainstays Abby McEnany and Tim Mason, and co-written by Lilly Wachowski (The Matrix, Sense8), Work in Progress will premiere December 9, 2019 only on Stan. A funny and uniquely human comedy, features McEnany as a 45-year-old self-identified fat, queer dyke from Chicago whose misfortune and despair unexpectedly lead her to a vibrantly transformative relationship. Chicago-based performer Karin Anglin co-stars alongside Celeste Pechous, with Julia Sweeney (Saturday Night Live, Shrill) appearing in a crucial role as herself. Theo Germaine (The Politician) will also appear as a guest star.
Premieres 9 December.
The Good Lord Bird
From Blumhouse Television and based on the National Book Award-winning novel The Good Lord Bird by bestselling author James McBride, the eight-part limited event series starring Ethan Hawke as famous American abolitionist, John Brown, will premiere only on Stan on 17 February, 2020. Also joining the cast of The Good Lord Bird is Grammy® and Tony Award winner Daveed Diggs (Hamilton, White Noise, The Get Down, Wonder) as another legendary historical character, abolitionist Frederick Douglass; and Wyatt Russell (Lodge 49, Everybody Wants Some!!, 22 Jump Street, Black Mirror) who will star in several episodes as Jeb Stuart, a federal officer with orders to apprehend John Brown (Ethan Hawke). Other cast members include Emmy nominee David Morse (Escape at Dannemora) as Dutch Henry Sherman, Steve Zahn (War of the Planet of the Apes) as Chase, Orlando Jones (American Gods) as The Rail Man and Screen Actors Guild® Award nominee Ellar Coltrane (Boyhood) as Salmon Brown. Mo Brings Plenty (Yellowstone), Jack Alcott (Champagne ILL), Nick Eversman (The Duff), Hubert Point-Du Jour (Madame Secretary) and Beau Knapp (Shots Fired) will also star.
The Good Lord Bird is told from the point of view of Onion (Joshua Johnson-Lionel, Blackish), a fictional enslaved boy, who is part of Brown’s motley crew of abolitionist soldiers during the time of Bleeding Kansas, eventually participating in the famous 1859 raid on the Army depot at Harpers Ferry. Brown’s raid failed to initiate the slave revolt he intended, but was the instigating event that started the Civil War. Mark Richard is the showrunner and executive produces with Ethan Hawke, who together wrote the first episode of the series.
Premieres 17 February 2020.
Screen Actors Guild Award® winner Michael Stuhlbarg (Call Me by Your Name, The Shape of Water, A Serious Man) and Sofia Black-D’Elia (The Night Of, Skins) have signed on to star in the highly anticipated limited series airing only on Stan, Your Honor, starring Oscar®nominee and Emmy and Tony® winner Bryan Cranston. Stuhlbarg will play Tommy, the much-feared head of a crime family. The 10-episode series is a legal thriller that rips through all strata of New Orleans society. Cranston stars as a respected judge whose son Adam (Hunter Doohan) is involved in a hit-and-run that leads to a high-stakes game of lies, deceit and impossible choices. Black-D’Elia will portray Frannie, Adam’s girlfriend. Your Honor is executive produced by Emmy nominees Robert and Michelle King (The Good Fight, The Good Wife, Evil) and Liz Glotzer (Evil, The Good Fight). BAFTA winner Peter Moffat – whose Criminal Justice was the basis for The Night Of – serves as showrunner and executive producer and has written multiple episodes, including the first episode. Emmy nominated writer/director Edward Berger (Patrick Melrose) is directing the first three episodes and executive producing. Your Honor, produced by CBS Television Studios in association with King Size Productions, is being adapted from the Israeli series Kvodo, created by Ron Ninio and Shlomo Mashiach. Alon Aranya (Hostages, Betrayal) and Rob Golenberg (Betrayal) of Scripted World and James Degus of Moonshot Entertainment also serve as executive producers.
Premieres in 2020.